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Tilda Swinton (left) and Tom Hiddleston play vampires in a centuries-long romance, in Jim Jarmusch's "Only Lovers Left Alive." It opens in Salt Lake City on May 9. Coutesy Sony Pictures Classics
DVD review: ‘Only Lovers Left Alive’ is Jarmusch’s delicious twist on vampire lore

By Sean P. Means

| The Salt Lake Tribune

First Published Aug 16 2014 01:01 am • Last Updated Aug 16 2014 01:01 am

Grade • A-

DVD •Indie director Jim Jarmusch brings a unique, and oddly moving, take to the vampire genre in "Only Lovers Left Alive." Adam (Tom Hiddleston) and Eve (Tilda Swinton) are married vampires who are often separated.

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He hangs out in a Detroit slum making haunting electronic music, while she’s a world traveler currently in Algiers with an old vampire pal (John Hurt). They are connoisseurs of human culture, sometimes contributing to it under numerous aliases.

Their under-the-radar existence is threatened when Eve’s impetuous sister Ava (Mia Wasikowska) makes a surprise visit. Hiddleston and Swinton are nicely paired, together embodying Jarmusch’s view of vampires as the ultimate rock stars, living night to night and experience to experience.

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